Netflix has added much of the Criterion catalogue to the films they make available for instant viewing/streaming. This means that, if you are a Netflix member, much of the 20th century film canon (with an admittedly Western European bias) is there for you to enjoy.
I would never argue that this is the best way to appreciate a great film. A DVD played on a decent sized monitor will almost always trump your laptop. (In an era when,sadly, seeing a film on a large screen is almost too much to ask for!) But if you’d like to check off some classics you somehow missed, this is worth checking out.
I just quickly glanced at the Netflix “instant-viewing” list and saw G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box, Vittorio De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief, Carol Reed’s The Third Man, Marcel Carne’s Les Enfants du Paradis, and an incredible treat that I first saw thanks to my colleague Mick Hurbis-Cherrier, Henri-George Clouzot’s Le Corbeau.
I almost forgot to mention that this collection includes Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas, a haunting meditation on rootlessness and loss with a beautiful, spare screenplay by playwright Sam Shepard.
And many more.